A Bielefelder Thread !

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by faysel, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sparrows are like avian cockroaches. Don't forget fowl pox. We had a horrible run of pox the end of this summer. The mosquitoes were so bad, even hiding in the nest boxes during the heat of the day only to come out at night to attack the chickens. Of course the virus is carried by the wild birds, and the sparrows are everywhere. I ended up cutting fresh lemon grass and putting in the nest boxes, coop and run several times a week to help repel the mosquitoes. Still trying to plug every hole the sparrows can squeeze through.
     
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  2. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    Sorry for my ignorance but what is chicken pox?
     
  3. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fowl pox is a virus carried by wild birds and passed to domestic birds via mosquitoes. There is a wet and a dry version of this disease, luckily mine got the milder dry form. It's usually worse toward the end of summer when the mosquitoes tend to be worse. There are many threads here on fowl pox if you want to read up on it.
     
  4. Odelia

    Odelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I understand they often get used to wearing it. Then they start crowing again.
     
  5. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just never equated tiny birds being vicious to survive. Even Hummies will dive-bomb you if they think you don't belong in the area! Thank goodness our Hummies know we bring out the syrup feeders for their Spring and Fall migrations. They will hover at the back door scolding us to refill their empty syrup and then follow us to the shepherd's hook while we hang the new feeder. I suppose Hummies can carry diseases too but at least they don't eat the expensive chicken feed or water like the dam* Sparrows.
     
  6. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    If they start crowing again just adjust the tightness of the velcro around the neck again.
     
  7. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do crow with the collar on, its just diminished in volume. So instead of 100 decibels it's 60.
     
  8. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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  9. City farm

    City farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah i kinda think that too. But so far his decibels or less. However the neighbor said he us waking up their boy's in the morning. So now he's going into a very tiny cage to sleep in at night and then I will let him out in the morning.in
     
  10. ChickCrazed

    ChickCrazed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanted to share a couple pics of my Bielies! The poor Rooster has a bit of frostbite from our latest stretch of -20 degree weather!

    I am also looking to track down some of the fabled "second line" from GFF if anyone knows where to get some. I'd prefer chicks but would do eggs!

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